Brahms lands Ras Rokn Island Cup01-02-24
In a thrilling finish to the feature of the Ras Rokn Island Cup meeting conducted on dirt at Al Uqda Racecourse on Thursday, 1st February, 2024, the Wathnan Racing-owned Brahms (QA) (Atlantic Air x Al Faraj) got the better of Al Yateema (QA) (Dandy Man) by a short-head to land the spoils and win the Ras Rokn Island Cup, a 2000m Class 3- Local Thoroughbred Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 50-70. There was little to split the pair in the closing stages, but it was the Alban de Mieulle-trained 6YO who found a little extra close home to get the verdict under Alberto Sanna, who doubled up on the day. The brave runner-up is owned by Nasser Saif A R Al-Kubaisi and trained by Hamad Al-Jehani and was ridden on the occasion by Giuseppe Cultraro. The Hamad Ateeq Mohammed Al Marri-owned and Abdulaziz Hamad Al Marri-trained was the nearest to the leading pair and finished third, further three and a half lengths behind, under jockey Saleh Salem Al Marri. Abdulaziz Jassim Al Boenain, Al Uqda Complex Manager, presented the trophies to the winners.
The seven-race card began with a close finish as well. In the 1300m Class 6 Local Thoroughbred Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 25-45, jockey Samuel Legrix steered the Injaaz Stud-owned and Julian Smart-trained Monya (QA) (Vedevani x Khaizarana) to a narrow victory over E'Zz (QA) (Trade Storm), edging out his rival by a neck. The close runner-up is owned by Al Wasmiyah Farm trained by Georges Mikhalides and was ridden by Lukas Delozier.
Trainer Jean de Mieulle and jockey Faleh Bughanaim teamed up to win the Class 6 Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate for four-to-six-year-olds with Yaqoob (FR) (Al Mourtajez x Farh), who shed his maiden tag on just his second start and Qatar debut in the colours of Al Shaqab Racing. The four-year-old colt won the 2000m race by a quarter of a length.
The first wide-margin winner on the card was the Sheikh Ahmad bin Mohamed F N Al-Thani-owned Nuwar (FR) (Jaafer ASF x Forgehill Chamille). The five-year-old mare ran away with 1300m Class 5 Purebred Arabian Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 50-70 for trainer Mohammed Salama Ashour. Jockey Jefferson Smith rode her to a four-and-a-half length victory.
The Al Rufaa Racing-owned Townsend Manor (GB) (Advertise x Fen Breeze) recorded his second win in a row as the three-year-old gelding took the 1100m Class 5 Thoroughbred Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 55-75 by a length and three quarters. In doing so, Gassim Ghazali’s trainee gave jockey Alberto Sanna his first winner on the day.
The 2000m Class 4 Thoroughbred Handicap for three-year-old horses rated 60-80 saw another clear-cut winner as the Khalifa Saif A R Al-Kubaisi-owned Golden Trick (IRE) (Galileo Gold x Duplicitous) stormed clear of the field for trainer Mohammed Ghazali. The chestnut, thanks to Hamed Al Busaidi’s confident ride, went away by three lengths at the line.
In the 2000m Class 4 Thoroughbred Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated60-80, trainer Mohammed Ghazali completed a quick-fire double on the card as he saddled The Pearl Racing-owned Owners Dream (GB) (Time Test x Four Miracles), who ran out an impressive five-length winner under jockey Ivan Rossi.